The dairy sector in the former western province is likely to boost following an official launch of a dairy processing plant courtesy of the Germany government.
The plant that is situated at the Bukura Agricultural training institute will benefit farmers from Kakamega, Bungoma and Siaya counties as a research center, a market for the locals and at the same time a plant for training students.
Speaking during the official launch of the plant, the minister for Economic Cooperation and Development federation representative of Germany Dr. Gerd Muller has assured that the Germany government will increase its fund towards the region to better the future of the residents.
“Germany will increase funding for these region and are hoping to continue with the cooperation for a better future.” Said Muller.
Speaking during the event, the principle secretary for agriculture Dr. Richard Leresian Lesiyampe said that such projects are out to transform livelihoods.
He said that besides value addition, the project will see to it that the relationship between the two countries develop while capacity building and technology transfer to the locals.
He appreciated the help towards soil analysis and management support extended by the Germany government to the counties explaining that it has played a major role in improving productivity.
The Kakamega county deputy governor Philip Kutima revealed that the county government of Kakamega is partnering with the Germany government in a number of projects among them the no hunger initiatives and the dairy plants.
He explained that the county government in a program funded by GIZ they have engaged 600 farmers who are being trained in various village polytechnics to ensure an improved production.
The Bukura Agricultural College is famously known for provision of extension services to farmers, conducting of various research in agriculture and at now the institute is conducting farming systems for Kakamega, Bungoma and Siaya counties.
The College which also conducts spatial planning and monitoring services, kicked off the construction of a milk processing plant with the intention of using it for trainings before the Germany government came in and expanded the programme thus giving them an alternative of commercializing it.
According to the college’s principal Justus Simiyu, they obtained the plant initially from the Dutch with an aim of training students on value addition.
Simiyu explains that they changed their mind when the German’s came on board. They felt that they could improve it to the advantage of the farmers explaining that they will create market to the locals who will be willing to sell them their excesses.
He revealed that the plant can store up to 2000 litres of milk per day and has a capability of increasing up to 5000 litres per day an amount that can not be produced by the college on its on.